Job Location
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Hinxton
United Kingdom

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else. If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Job Description

Ensembl is looking to appoint a skilled and highly motivated bioinformatician to join the team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), which is located on the Wellcome Trust Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The bioinformatician will join the Ensembl Genomes team to work on the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE and CORBEL projects, both funded as part of the European Union’s Research Infrastructure programme, and the BBSRC-funded COPO project. The work will involve integrating Ensembl within the frameworks provided by these projects, to facilitate the collection, integration and dissemination of various types of genome-wide data (e.g. genomic, transcriptomic, phenotypic, etc.).

In ELIXIR-EXCELERATE, the post-holder will be working with data from crop and forest plants. Together with our partners, we have been developing standards for the representation of experimental meta data. The goal is now to capture this meta data in appropriate databases, and develop a search engine to ensure that dispersed, diverse data sets are “FAIR” – that is, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-Usable – by the user community. In CORBEL, we will work with the marine research community, integrating high throughput research data from model species within the Ensembl framework. In COPO, we work with our partners to develop tools to help the community prepare data to the agreed standards.

Day-to-day responsibilities will include liaison with project partners, submission of exemplar data sets to appropriate repositories and development of tools for data validation and submission, database production and data analysis, and implementation of standard APIs. The role will be varied, as we adapt our resources and services to the needs of two very different communities.


A degree in molecular biology, bioinformatics, or computer science is expected.

You should have a minimum of one years’ professional programming experience, or post-graduate experience in bioinformatics. Experience of working in a dynamic, team-based environment and in large collaborative projects are both highly desirable. For applicants with computer science degrees, experience of working with biological data is essential.

You must be highly self-motivated and be able to work independently. They must be open to working in a production team (willing to conform and contribute to standard working practices); and are expected to have good communication skills, written and verbal, both to facilitate effective communications with other team members and to communicate with external collaborators and users.

A solid working knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g. Perl/Python) and relational databases is essential. Familiarity with the following is highly desirable: Ensembl; biological standards and ontologies; analysis of next-generation sequencing data.

How to Apply

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system

About Our Organization

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

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